The Ultimate Guide to Blush for Older Women: Placement, Color & More

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In this makeup guide, I want to share with you some hints and tips about the correct shape, application, and color density for blush for older women.

If you are a woman over 60, I’m going to be telling you everything you need to know about applying blush on mature skin.

Blush and lipstick are the two points of color that we introduce to our face to brighten ourselves up, and they allow you to pretty much transform the pale and wan look that you might have.

I'm using makeup from Look Fabulous Forever, but the same information and techniques still apply to any blush.

Tools and materials:

  • Blush
  • Makeup brush
Blush colors for mature skin

1. Color density

Let’s talk first of all about color intensity. Stronger and more intense blushes can give you a bit of an overdone look.

Although if you have darker skin, you would need a more intense color. For people with darker skin, paler colors would be too chalky.

Ultimately, it’s up to the individual to decide what intensity of color they want to have, and if you want a stronger color, you can build your color by layering it up a bit.

Applying blush to the apples of cheeks

2. What shape do you apply your blush in?

In terms of application - I think what people get wrong is the shape they create on their cheeks with their blush.

Circular shape

The first possibility is a circular shape, where you do apples on your cheeks. It’s a popular idea that we have cheekbones that are apple-shaped.

I’ve cut out two circles to illustrate what this shape would look like, and you’re looking at something that I think is a bit like an old-fashioned porcelain doll.

I don’t think we want to look like painted dolls, so I’m not sure that circular color is a good idea.

Applying blush in a strip shape

Strip shape

Then you’ve got the idea of contouring, the strips or stripes of color, that would look a bit like this.

We're talking about a thickish line going across our cheeks, and often people create it with bronzer to make a contoured effect where your face looks a bit skinnier.

Again that’s not where the right place to position the blush.

Applying blush in a teardrop shape

Teardrop shape

I created for myself here what I think is the best shape, a teardrop shape, but of course, it’s going to be on its side.

So it goes from the center of the eye down onto the cheek, where you create that circle on top of your cheekbone. And then you’re lifting it up to a point where it’s level to the corner of the eye.

How a mature woman should apply blush

3. How to apply blush

Now to start applying the makeup. I am cool-toned, so I will go for a pinkier blush. I’m going to use my fingers to pat on in the teardrop shape that I’ve just talked about.

So, I’m going to start with that circular shape on my cheeks, and then I’m going to lift it up until I make it level with the top of my cheeks next to my eye.

Now I’m going to reproduce that effect on the other cheek. 

Blending blush with a brush

4. Blending

Once done, I’m going to take my brush and just pat it to blend it in until I’ve got the right level of glow. 

Perfect blush for older women

I finished off my makeup look by adding on some lipstick, having already done my eye makeup.

Blush for older women tutorial

I hope you enjoyed learning about how a mature woman should apply blush and how to get the most out of it on your over-60s skin.

Blush is such an easy way to enhance your natural beauty, and I love the feminine, pinky glow it gives me.

Suggested materials:
  • Blush
  • Makeup brush

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  • Amanda Amanda on Jan 15, 2024

    what about your eyebrows they look wild

  • Patricia Patricia on Jan 15, 2024

    Nope I’ve been reading everting else without a problem. And there were several others complaining of the same thing.